11 Easy Tips To Keep Your Smartphone Virus Free
Abhigyan Singh 20th Oct 2018
Whether your smartphone of choice is an Android or an iPhone, it’s a big investment, not to mention your lifeline to pretty much everything important - all your contacts, your online banking and shopping, how you keep up with friends and family, checking in with your job when you’re not at the office, and a treasure trove of favorite pictures, videos, music, and games. With all that information swirling around, it’s no wonder that hackers and cyber-criminals are so eager to get their malware inside your device.
In 2016, Panda Labs reported that 200,000 new malware samples for smartphones were being captured every single day. That’s a lot of threats to deal with, although clearly not every single one is pointed at every single smartphone user. Regardless, the damage is being done and it’s costing smartphone owners millions in ransomware costs, security software, and new phones. Rather than flounder your way through the pain ands stress of dealing with malware after the fact, check out these 11 tips to keeping your smartphone virus free.
- Use VPN software when browsing in public: Virtual private networks encrypt your data and send it to a remote location before it heads to the Internet. It’s the safest way to use public Wi-Fi networks.
- Invest in a quality virus protection app: Yes, it might costs you a bit of money, but mobile antivirus protection is absolutely essential, Compare reviews and figure out what’s best for your device.
- Check reviews on apps before downloading them: It’s a 30-second process to check reviews via your favorite search engine. Trusted or fake, the answer will be clear in a hurry.
- Check for antivirus and antispyware updates frequently: Don’t rely on the apps to tell you when to update. Put a note in your calendar to do so every couple of weeks.
- Perform regular security scans of your phone: Again every couple of weeks is a fine number; but more often if you are using multiple networks or communication tools like Skype or WhatsApp.
- Don’t open unknown SMS or MMS messages: They are often infected files that slip into your system when you open them. Don’t let curiosity get the best of you.
- Don’t download files from unknown sources: This is the equivalent of taking candy from a stranger. Unknown sources means they don’t want you knowing their true identity. Definitely not who you should be trusting online.
- Avoid peer-to-peer sharing: At its best, P2P sharing is a brilliant way to share our collective interest. At its worst, it’s quick and easy way to spread malware with the touch of a button in rapid succession.
- Don’t share your memory card: It doesn’t matter if your best friend has that song you’ve been dying to hear. You have no idea what shape their phone is in when it comes to malware. Avoid at all costs.
- Don’t click suspicious links: By now you should know that you haven’t actually won a contest nor is Amazon giving you a $500 gift card. Spam emails and messages are attempts to get you to phishing websites where your information is stolen. Don’t fall for it!
- Never open attachments from anyone other than close contacts: With cloud computing, most attachments are a thing of the past as it is. Malware, spyware, adware, and plenty of other nasty items are often lurking in attachments. Don’t give them the chance to enter your device.